DULIP SINGH (MELTA)

HARMONY IN DIVERSITY, THROUGH THE COMMUNICATIVE PURPOSES LANGUAGE LEARNING CYCLE TECHNIQUE : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

The English language verb is an area of difficulty for most learners. They seem to be constantly confused when it comes to deciding on which verb form or “tense” to use in a given situation. McEldowney (1992) says that the main communicative purposes in language are instruction, description and narration. These communicative purposes usually determines the form of the verb and its function. This paper aims to introduce the Communicative Purposes Language Learning Cycle proposed by McEldowney (Ibid). It will exemplify these communicative purposes in authentic texts by identifying the verb forms and their purposes. It is hoped that this exposure will benefit English language teachers in identifying the different types of communicative purposes. They can then design a controlled methodology for the teaching of verb forms and function.

Dulip Singh has taught English in rural and urban schools. He has worked with schools, state education departments, teacher training colleges and also the CDC of Malaysia as an English language Key Personnel. Singh has presented papers on TESOL as well as published them nationally and internationally.